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A federal appeals court overturned a Gila River Indian Community man’s convictions, saying a tribal court failed to give him a chance for a jury trial, one of a “rat’s nest” of problems in the tribe’s courts, the ruling said. Photo/Tim Evanston/Creative Commons

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Feds reverse conviction, citing 'rat's nest' of tribal court problems

WASHINGTON - A divided federal appeals court Tuesday overturned the assault conviction of a Gila River Indian Community man, saying the tribal court failed to tell him he could get a trial by jury - if he asked.